Middle Eastern Canada?

Yes, it’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything. I’ve had plenty to gripe about, mostly a lack of time. Nonetheless, I have found something that just can’t wait.During this past summer, several organizations and individuals alike protested outside a local Toronto public school for allowing a 40 minute prayer service for the Muslim student body. A service that leaves the cafeteria un-enterable by non-Muslim students and segregates female Muslims from their male counterparts – insofar as to prevent menstruating female Muslims from participating.Isn’t this Canada? Have I suddenly woken up in the middle east? Oh wait! I forgot, the minority runs this country. I have no issue with Muslim faith, or any other faith for that matter, what I do have issue with is it being practiced in a public and albeit secular institution.

As recently as September, demonstrators from the Canadian Secular Alliance were also demanding that government funding be cut from the Catholic School Board – something I can 1000% (yes, I used 1000%) get behind. It is absolutely ludicrous that the government funds any group that has it’s own agenda; that only reflects the interest of a few. I was under the impression that church and state (or in this case, province) should always be divided.

Government funding should only have it’s hands open to organizations and institutions that can benefit ALL people, not the few. You want to have prayer in school? Sure, build and fund it yourself! You want to have a place of worship? Absolutely, build and fund it yourself! You want to be a member of this society? Of this country? No problem, just start acting like it!


Crime & Encouragement

A 35 year old man was charged in the U.S. for hacking celebrity phones/emails and releasing private and personal information online.He is currently looking at 121 years in a federal prison should he be convicted of his crimes… Interesting…. The average sentence for say, a sex offender (pedophile, rapist, etc.) is 4.5 years, something here seems backwards.

Should the man charged with hacking personal information be penalized? Absolutely, and to the full extent of the law. But at the same token should not be given a harsher penalty than a sex offender. I mean if we’re honest here, releasing information can be both inconvenient and even embarrassing, but I’m pretty sure raping people or molesting children is a whole hell of a lot worse.

And this isn’t new – this blatant disregard for the welfare of sexualized victims has gone on for far too long. There is no ‘cure’ for sexual disorders, and that’s unfortunate, but to release them after only a few short years and protecting these people while in prison (ahem, solitary confinement) is laughable. The damage that is caused to both the victim, the families and even generations later should merit harsher penalties.

Of course this is just one comparison of the fallibility our justice system behooves us. If we’re talking brass taxes, let’s talk tax! Every hardworking, conscious, societal contributor in this country pays to give these people healthcare, internet, television, protection and even the right to vote – people who chose to disregard the impact of their actions to the extent of being criminal are being coddled and we’re paying for it.

It is an abomination to think that in the year 2011, pride is of more value than the human spirit, money carries more weight then the lives it spoils and our justice system crucifies victims while encouraging criminals. But it happens every day.

Maybe those who write the laws should be thrown in with the lions they’re protecting – and let the punishment fit the crime.